Tag: russia

Katya Kazbek: Discourse in Danger

February 2016

The state of Russian literature today

Franco Galdini: Kyrgyz Mercenary, Friend or Foe?

December 2015

Russia’s long shadow over Central Asia.


December 2015

Boundaries of Nations: What a joke American pool is. They play with miniature sticks on a tiny table with a bunch of tiny multicolored balls, a bunch of toy balls, just like between their American legs.

Putting Out the Syrian Fire

October 2015

Can diplomacy do what war couldn’t?

I’ll Die and Be Right There

May 2015

He told them about the Internet, Steam, Apple, and Microsoft, which were the other names of Satan.

Liesl Schillinger: Darkness at Midnight

March 2015

Boris Nemtsov had the courage to demand justice in Russia and to challenge Putin's regime; it cost him his life.

Pepe Escobar: Go West, Young Han

December 2014

As Washington “pivots” to Asia, China does the Eurasian pirouette.

Tom Engelhardt: What if it Weren’t Us?

December 2014

Russians invade Afghanistan (again!), Chinese fight Iraq War (again!).

Michael Klare: Obama’s New Oil Wars

October 2014

Washington wields the oil weapon.

Ben Steele: Russia’s Violent Intolerance

October 2014

Lara Zarum talks to Steele, director of the documentary Hunted, about his experience following Russia’s brutal anti-gay vigilante groups.

Pepe Escobar: Can China and Russia Squeeze Washington out of Eurasia?

October 2014

The future of a Beijing-Moscow-Berlin alliance.

Sisi Wei: Disappearing Voices and Supporting Russia

September 2014

The Russian government’s efforts to silence critics is getting help from an unlikely source: a San Francisco-based blogging company.

Richard Falk: Obama and Hubris at West Point

June 2014

Rejecting mindless militarism won't be the end of ultranationalism.


June 2014

They had never been this far out in the lake, this lost, this on their own.

Pepe Escobar: Who’s Pivoting Where in Eurasia?

May 2014

What you need to know about Russia and China's 'Pipelineistan' gas deal.

Alyssa McMurtry: Mother Russia’s Resurgence

April 2014

As tensions rise in Ukraine, it's important as ever to understand the thinking behind Russia's bellicose behavior.

Mitch Swenson: Postcards from Ukraine

March 2014

From Kiev to Crimea, glimpses of daily life against a fast-changing political backdrop.

Little Failures

March 2014

The satirist on drinking too much, learning to write through psychoanalysis, and making the switch to memoir.

Gay Propaganda and Russia’s Shrinking Public Space

February 2014

The investigative journalist on anti-queer campaigns and the "catastrophe" of exile.

The Matiushin Case

February 2014

I don’t bear the army any grudge. I think they did right to beat me.

Necessary Evil

January 2014

Think of your being a Jew in terms of having been born with clubfoot: unfortunate, of course, but not the end of the world.

Diana Bruk: A Russian Jewish American Christmas

January 2014

In the wake of the holiday season, reflections on a polyglot Christmas.

Radka Franczak: Painting the Past in a New Russia

November 2013

Ela Bittencourt talks to the director of Losing Sonia, a profile of an Orthodox nun and icon painter who reflects the changes in modern Russia.

Jannis Brühl: Where Did Syria’s Chemical Weapons Come From?

September 2013

Retracing the steps of Syria's chemical arsenal.

Richard Falk: Resolving the Syrian Chemical Weapons Crisis

September 2013

If an attack on Syria is averted, it could mark a welcome shift in U.S. foreign policy.

Richard Falk: Snowden’s Post-Asylum Relevance

August 2013

With Snowden temporarily safe in Russia, the impact of his leaks on U.S. foreign relations is still an open question.

Richard Falk: Geopolitical Winds Blow in China’s Direction

July 2013

With intervention out of favor, American foreign policy is returning to “the great game” of great power politics.


July 2013

“Your father lets you dress like this?” Dinara said.

Michael T. Klare: The Cold War Redux?

May 2013

Are Washington, Moscow, and Beijing using the global arms trade to create a new Cold War?

Muhammad Idrees Ahmad: Archaeology of Revolutionary Knowledge

January 2013

Pankaj Mishra’s new book, From the Ruins of Empire: The intellectuals who remade Asia, has one eye on the history of the East and one eye on its future.

Caleb Daniloff: Russia, Cradle of My Dead Worlds

December 2012

Russia doesn’t get extinguished. No, Russia is the one that extinguishes. Russia is the prophecy. It had certainly ended my world, several times over.

Dafna Lizer, Michael Grabell, Jeff Larson: Flight Records Say Russia Sent Syria Tons of Cash

November 2012

he records of overflight requests show more than 200 tons of "bank notes" from Moscow to Damascus.

A Rioter’s Prayer

November 2012

Pussy Riot's Yekaterina Samutsevich on protest, art, and freedom

Nathaniel Rich: Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita

October 2012

Bulgakov's masterpiece remains a reminder that you can't fight fire with fire.

Aaron Leaf: Pussy Riot’s Closing Statements

August 2012

Instead of using her closing statement to express remorse, Yekaterina Samutsevich of the Russian feminist punk band Pussy Riot talked about Putin, power, and the subversive potential of images.

David Vine: The Lily-Pad Strategy

July 2012

The Pentagon's system of overseas bases is evolving, and a new model for warfare is evolving with it.

7 Rooms

January 2012

In Russian, a language in which there is a separate word for everything, the word “country” means both the territory and the government.

[Like a nation’s bulk that has started]

February 2011 Like a nation’s bulk that has started / to make the earth sweat, / the dust-encrusted armada / of the herd

[The Ministry of Hot Water]

October 2010

The Ministry of Hot Water / has posted an opening: Director. / Well, why not, we can take that on.

Guernica’s Top 5 on Natural Disasters

August 2010 Sweltering heat and blazing fires in Russia have contributed to devastating mudslides in Pakistan and China. Guernica counts down its top five reports of natural disasters.

101 Billionaires

March 2010 At the beginning of 2008, the list of the richest Russians contained 101 billionaires; a magical number that for the time being will not be matched. These photographs document a very different Russia.